Important Information for Parents or Guardians- Calendar Change
As of February 27, the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District has used up all of it’s snow days, as permitted by the New York State Education Department. This has been a difficult winter and instructional time has been lost due to five snow days and five two-hour delays.
I will be requesting a change to this year’s calendar to convert the Friday, March 27 professional development day into a day of instruction for students. In the event of inclement weather, the District will always make the decision that will keep our students and staff safe.
The District is required by law to have no less than 180 days of instruction time. Please read the following information:
- March 27th professional development day is now a full day of instruction for students
- If two additional snow days are needed, the time would be made up during April break. Students and staff would report to school on Friday, April 10.
Please contact the main office of your child’s school with any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.
Dr. Angelina Maloney
Superintendent of Schools Posted 02/27/15
Congratulations to January Students of the Month
Congratulations to Matthew Burton, Grace D'Angelo, Tyler Filarecki, Paul Finch, Gianna Goldey, Marisa Gosselin, Marisa Hudson, Stephen Kneer, Elizabeth Machnick, Brandon Reynolds, Kelsey Sloan and Nichola Tlaiji who were recognized as students of the month for January. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. The character theme for January was “Trustworthiness.” Posted 02/27/15
100 Days Smarter
First graders in Ira Share and Sanada Bailey’s classes celebrated the 100th Day of school by rotating through a number of math and literacy centers. Centers included: making sculptures out of 100 plastic cups, 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, constructing a picture using 100 patterns blocks, building ice cream cones by counting to 10 and so much more!
Doesn't it look like fun? See more photos.. Posted 02/26/15
BOE President Advocates for Strong Public Schools for Students
Board of Education president Matt Wade (@mattwade86 on Twitter) joined more than 700 school board and state school boards association leaders in the nation’s capital to advocate for strong public schools for all students.
Wade was in Washington, D.C. with New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) board members as well as with local representatives from the boards of Schenectady City Schools, Capital Region BOCES, and WSWHE BOCES. Attendees took part in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Nation Advocacy Institute (NAI), held Feb. 1–3, 2015, which centered on informing and building year-round advocates for public education and local school governance in public, legal, and legislative arenas. Learn more.... Posted 02/17/15
The Faculty Recital is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the district auditorium. Tamarac Elementary and Secondary faculty will be performing. Admission is free, donations at the door support the Brittonkill Friends of Music.Posted 02/20/15
First Grade Students Make Heart Pillows for Cardiac Patients
First grade students did more than celebrate Valentine’s Day this February, in honor of National Heart month, students learned how to stuff and sew heart pillows for the Capital District YMCA Hug-a-Heart project.
Students paired up and stuffed and sewed 17 heart pillows for cardiac patients at Ellis hospital. These pillows help patients with the healing process after surgery.
This special learning project was completed by Ira Share and Sanda Bailey’s first grade classes with the help of retired teacher Ginny Hanby. These pillows were donated last week at the Troy YMCA. Learn more about the Hug-a-Heart project at YMCA Posted 2/19/15
See more photosPosted 02/19/15
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for High School
Tamarac High School has announced the Honor Roll for the second quarter. Students must have a 90 and above, no grade lower than 75 and no incompletes to qualify for Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the High School honor rolls...... Posted 02/12/15
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the second quarter. Students must have between an 89.5 and 94.4 average to qualify for Honor Roll and at least a 94.5 average to qualify for High Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the Middle School honor rolls...Posted 02/10/15
Congratulations to the Wrestling Team
Congratulations to the entire Tamarac Wrestling Team for coming in third in this weekend’s Class C Wrestling Championships. The wrestlers who placed first through fourth in their weight classes are headed to State Qualifiers this weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Congratulations to - Tyler Petersen, 1st Place; Fritz Scheffler, 2nd Place; Ben D'Aloia, 2nd Place; Logan Brunick, 2nd Place; Matt Fox, 3rd Place; Bobby Treshock, 3rd Place; Cody Sullivan, 4th Place and Peter Wiczar, 6th Place!!!!
Good Luck this weekend! See photos from the Class C Wrestling Championships on Tamarac Friends of Wrestling Facebook page Posted 02/10/15
Students Learn Internet Safety Tips
Rensselaer County D.A.R.E. officer Deputy Jeff Russo talked with 7th grade students today about online safety and bullying.
“We don’t need to be afraid of the internet,” said Russo. “We just need to learn what to share and who to share it with.”
Russo reminded students that they should not be friends with anyone on-line that they do not know. People they meet on the web may not be who they say they are and to never arrange an in-person meeting with someone on-line. He discussed never to share your address, phone number or any personal information in your profile, and to make sure online profiles are set to private and not public. Learn More.... Posted 02/5/15
School Physicals for Sports and Working Papers
School physicals will be done on Thursday, February 12 for sports, working papers and as required by NYSED 7th and 10th grades. Posted 02/2/15
2007 Grad Co-Authors Article
Tamarac High School grad, Jessica Regitano, currently attending Syracuse University, co-authored an article in Teacher Librarian on “ENABLE-Ing School Librarians to Empower Students with Disabilities.”
Last February, one of Regitano’s professors at Syracuse University invited her to work as a faculty assistant at the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL). One of the projects being worked on at the CDL is Project ENABLE (Expanding Non-discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere).
Initially, Project ENABLE began as a way to provide school librarians with training on how to develop library programs and services that meet the needs of students with disabilities. In-person training was conducted, and a website was created. However, in 2013, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the CDL a grant to expand the content of the website to address the needs of public and academic (college) librarians. Learn more......Posted 01/30/15
As of the last meet, Tamarac Masterminds Varsity is in second place with 5 wins and 1 loss, only 5 total points behind league powerhouse Berlin! (965-960). The JV Masterminds team is 4 and 1, again behind Berlin (815-585). Tamarac will play Berlin at the next meet scheduled for Friday, February 27. Posted 02/2/15
PTSA Hosting Annual Valentine's Day Dance - February 6
The PTSA is hosting the Annual Valentine’s Day dance on Friday, February 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Elementary School gym and cafeteria. Advanced ticket sales end on Monday, February 2. Payment is not accepted the night of the event. Donations of baked goods to be sold at the dance are greatly appreciated. See Valentine's Dance Flyer Posted 01/29/15
Cuomo Proposes $1.1 Billion Increase Contingent Upon Education Reform
Governor Cuomo released his 2015-16 Executive Budget proposal last week. The proposal included an increase in school aid of $1.1 billion (4.8%) over the 2014-15 levels. This increase is contingent upon the legislature adopting the Governor’s education reform agenda which includes new teacher evaluations, more stringent tenure requirements, allowing more charter schools, and a permanent property-tax cap.
If the legislature cannot come to an agreement on these proposals, the Governor indicated the 2015-16 State Budget would include $377 million (1.7% increase) in additional state aid to school districts.
At this time, the Division of Budget has indicated there will not be a release of school aid until an agreement is reached, most likely around the start of the state fiscal year, April 1, giving the district very little time to prepare the budget for voters by May 19. Learn more Posted 1/26/15
Students Perform Character Education Skits
As part of a character education activity, Tamarac eighth grade students spent time yesterday developing skits around the month’s theme of trustworthiness and then performed them for the entire middle school in the auditorium today.
Students worked with Heather Jakeman and Michael Burns from the improve theatre group Mop & Bucket Company. During the class, students engaged in activities and performed skits creating an environment where those around them could feel comfortable to take a risk, working cooperatively to give and receive “gifts” from each other instead of taking an opportunity to put someone down.
“It was wonderful to see the students embrace the risk of failure and embarrassment in order to try something new and interact with their peers in a way that made each individual feel included and comfortable,” said Ms. Maloy. See more photos from skits Posted 1/23/15
District Seeks Information for Incoming Kindergartners
Are you a parent of a child who will be eligible to attend kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School next year?
Please fill out a Kindergarten Registration Survey form so we can adequately plan for staffing and space consideration for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents of children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2015 can fill out the survey or you can request a Kindergarten Registration Survey form by calling the Registrar’s Office at 279-4600 ext. 2006.
Registration information for Out-of-District Students Posted 1/16/15
Register for Yoga Class
Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is hosting a yoga class after school for 10 weeks beginning next Monday, January 26 at 3:45 p.m. in the high school library. The cost is $80. Register here. Class size is limited and the deadline for registering is Friday, January 23 at noon.Posted 1/20/15
Registration Open for Brunswick Baseball League
Registration is open for the Brunswick Baseball League. A flyer with more information is available here. Posted 1/16/15
Board passes resolution opposing field testing
On January 8, the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Board of Education passed a resolution opposing the proposed rulemaking entitled "Field Tests for State Assessments, Alternate Assessments and Regents Examinations" published in the New York State Register dated December 3, 2014.
“Our students and their academic schedules are already over-stressed by the number and duration of currently required New York State assessments,” said Superintendent Angelina Maloney. “Stand-alone field tests to ‘test the test’ will not improve education, but instead penalize our students with further deficits in much needed instructional time.”
The Board of Education stated its commitment as an advocate for students and called upon the Commissioner of Education, the Board of Regents, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor to reject the amendments to Sections 100.2, 100.3 and 100.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to school participation in New York State field tests, to take effect on February 25, 2015. Learn more.... Posted 1/13/15
Congratulations to December students of the month
Congratulations to Dylan Briccetti, Alexis Bruno, Gabriella Cellucci, Brionna Daniels, Jared Houser, Trevor LeVan, Tyler Nemjo, Ben Pusatere, Giovanna Sestito, Jordyn Sorel, Katelyn Stancliffe, and Jacob Swanson who were recognized as students of the month for December. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. The character theme for December was “Kindness.” Posted 1/16/15
Cold Weather - Thursday, January 8
Thursday morning will be very cold, with wind making temperatures at or below zero. Even a few minutes outdoors is dangerous. Students should dress warmly. Make sure your child has lined boots, a warm coat, hats and mittens or gloves.
“The mechanic will plug all buses into block heaters tonight, and buses will be started early in the morning so they’re warmed up before drivers arrive,” said Transportation Supervisor, Whitney Colvin. Our main concern is the safety of our students. Drivers will stop at every student’s house tomorrow so students are not outside long exposed to the cold, said Colvin. Posted 1/7/15
Financial aid information session
The High School Counseling Center will be sponsoring a Financial Aid Information Session on Tuesday, January 13 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the High School Library.
Bettina Hamm, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid from Hudson Valley Community College and Tamarac 2004 graduate will give an overall presentation on the financial aid process. This will include information on how to complete your application for private and state college institutions, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application, and information on private and federal college loans. There will be lots of handouts and materials available and time to answer your questions and concerns.Posted 1/6/15
251 applications processed for students
As of December 19, 2014 a total of 251 college applications have been processed for our students. They have applied to many Colleges and Universities, including the following:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences*
Berklee College of Music
See full list ....Posted 1/6/15
Have a safe, restful and joyful holiday season
Within a few days we will soon be welcoming the start of the New Year 2015. The holiday season is now upon us and it brings a joyous time filled with giving, reflection and promise.
The first half of the 2014–2015 school year has been a busy and productive time, and as our district begins the winter holiday recess I want to thank our students, parents, employees, and community members for the dedication and hard work that made our many successes possible. Read more.....Posted 12/23/14
8th grade NJHS December service project
The 8th Grade National Junior Honor Society adopted three local families in need this year by buying and wrapping presents for a total of five children from the Hope 7 Community Center in Troy. This was their December service project. The students donated presents, food and gift cards to these local families to help them have a warm and happy holiday.
Lily Fitzgerald, Francesca DiScanio and Luke Wagner (left to right) who gave up their lunch to help organize and load the gifts to be delivered. Posted 12/23/14
Middle school students spread holiday cheer
Middle School students spread some holiday cheer to residents at Van Renssealer Manor in Troy yesterday. Students sang Christmas carols and handed out gifts. Many of the residents joined in and sang along to their favorite songs. See more photos....Posted 12/19/14
November Students of the Month
Congratulations to Tim Bridegroom, Kendra Fish, Zach Hudson, Gabriella Insero, Nate LaPlante, Jesse LeVan, Liam McDonough, Cliff O'Donal, Bella Realbuto, Gavin Remillard, Marissa Roberts and Amanda Thrasher who were recognized as students of the month for November. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. The character theme for November was “Compassion.” Posted 12/18/14
Students participate in Hour of Code
Students at Tamarac Elementary School recently participated in activities as part of the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to introduce students to computer programming and show how anyone can learn the basics of computer coding.
Librarian, Janice Toomajian, and Teaching Assistant, Judy Anderson showed second grade students a video of President Obama inviting the students to try their hand at coding, then launched into a code.org Angry Birds activity. Learn more..... Posted 12/16/14
Tamarac Hosts Masterminds Second Meet
The Tamarac Mastermind team recently hosted the second meet of the year. Tamarac Varsity and JV Teams competed against teams from Troy, Berlin, Hoosick Falls, Catholic High and Holy Names.
The Varsity Mastermind team won all three games played:
Tamarac 185 Hoosick Falls 140
Tamarac 160 CCHS 150
Tamarac 165 Troy 90
The JV Mastermind team won two of three games played:
Berlin 110 Tamarac 90
Tamarac 125 CCHS 40
Tamarac 100 Hoosick Falls 60 Posted 12/12/14
Gr. 3-5 Winter Concert Postponed
Gr. 3-5 Winter Concert scheduled for tonight, Dec. 10 has been postponed to the concert’s snow date, Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in the District Auditorium. Posted 12/10/14
Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament
Tamarac High School's boys varsity basketball team played Waterford High School in a Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Friday, December 5. The head coach of Waterford, Coach Desso, has a four year old son Nicky, who is currently battling a rare congenital brain condition. The boys' basketball program made a donation of $250 to Coach Desso and his family to help in Nicky's fight. Each member of the team signed the card and shook Coach Desso’s hand after the presentation.12/9/14
Register for Zumba
Zumba classes will begin again starting January 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria. This class is open to the community. Cost is $48 per person for the six week session. Register for Zumba....12/9/14
Hat and mitten tree makes for warm holiday
Tamarac Elementary School kicked off its annual Hat and Mitten Tree tradition this month. Students, staff and the Brunswick community donate hats and mittens that will be given to St. Joseph’s House in Troy, various organizations and including some students in the district.
Fifth grade teacher Nicolle Motzer said this has been a tradition for more than ten years and is a joint service learning project between the elementary and secondary school. “The Secondary School Kids Care Service Club donates many handmade knitted and crocheted hats and mittens," said Motzer.
Donations can be made until Friday, December 12 at the main office at the Elementary School. Thank you to all who donated! Posted 12/5/14
There is still time to pre-order your year book. The cost of ordering is at the lowest price of the year. The price will go up on January 1. The only way to guarantee that you will receive a yearbook is to pre-order. All orders must be completed on-line. If any parent/community member has a local business and would like to place an ad in the yearbook, please contact: Beth Connor or Teresa Martone.Posted 12/9/14
Counseling Center's December Newsletter is Now Available
Check out the Counseling Center’s December Newsletter. This newsletter contains information for juniors and seniors on deadlines, tips, and the most current scholarship information. Read Newsletter....Posted 12/4/14
Tamarac Masterminds Team Hosting Second Meet
The Tamarac Masterminds team is hosting the second meet of the year tomorrow, December 5. Teams will be coming from Troy, Berlin, Hoosick Falls, Catholic High and Holy Names to play our JV and Varsity teams.
The meet will start at 3:30 p.m. and finish around 7:30 p.m. The varsity games will be held in the Secondary Library and the JV games in Room 109 in the HS. Refreshments for the teams only will be served in the HS cafeteria.Posted 12/4/14
Holiday Baking Day
The freshman and junior class members along with their advisors Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Hilton, Ms. Carroll and Mrs. Poupore will meet to bake Holiday goodies for the guests of Joseph's House & Shelter and YWCA's Community Meal. This community service project will take place after school from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the Middle School Family and Consumer Science room on:
Tuesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 4.
Monday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 10
The baked goods are very much appreciated by the shelter's guest and permanent housing tenants of Joseph's House and the guests at YWCA's weekly community meal. Donations of boxed mixes/breads, brownies, eggs, vegetable oil and milk are greatly appreciated. For more information contact Mrs. Russell or Mrs. Hilton.Posted 12/2/14